Two women who were trying to rescue victims of a car accident in Los Angeles last week were themselves killed by electrocution. The accident happened in the San Fernando Valley. A vehicle slammed into a fire hydrant and a light pole, which knocked down a power line. The fire hydrant burst, shooting water into the air. The water pooled underneath the crashed vehicle and was electrified by the downed power line.
Because of the darkness, the water and the number of bystanders, the power lines were hard to see. Two women who tried to help stepped in the water, were electrocuted and killed. Five more people were shocked by the electricity but not killed.
Los Angeles firefighters arrived on the scene and used special equipment to pull the women from the water. The women were pronounced dead at the hospital. Others were treated and released. The accident was believed to have been caused by excessive speeding.
This very tragic accident illustrates the danger that automobile accidents can pose to everyone. If you see an accident and wish to help, and there are no emergency responders on the scene yet, be very careful. Before doing anything, call 911 so help can be on its way. Be very alert about your surroundings – are there downed power lines? Is there a possibility of downed power lines? Is there spilled gasoline that could ignite? Did the accident occur in the middle of a busy street? Is there a possibility of being struck by another vehicle while providing first aid?
If you have been injured in an accident in California, call Don Sjaarda, Orange County personal injury attorney at 714-963-8216. You may have a cause of action for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Call today to learn more.